Thursday, July 22, 2010
Scottie Pippen Was Really, Really Good
Anyway, what I'm getting around to is that Scottie Pippen was really, really good. In the Bulls' six championship seasons, he averaged 20 points on 48.4% shooting, 7.3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2.2 steals a game. And that's with Michael Jordan averaging about 30 points every season!
Lebron never had a #2 guy nearly as good as Pippen in Cleveland, and there was no reason to believe Cavs management would succeed in getting him one after seven years of failing to do so. The Lakers, on the other hand, did get Pau Gasol to be Kobe's #2. His averages of 18.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game arguably make him as valuable to Kobe as Pippen was to Jordan.